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Women In Leadership Positions

There have always been women in leadership positions since 3000 BCE, and the first one is believed an Egyptian Queens, Ku-baba, who ruled the Mesopotamian City-State. Women have been in leadership roles since around 2500 BCE.

First female Ministers

Although female leaders have been around since 3000 BCE, it is only after World War I that their first few women took leadership position by becoming members in Ukraine, Russia, Hungary and Ireland for their revolutionary governments. The first woman to be minister in a democratically elected parliamentary government was Nina Bang, a Danish Minister of Education in 1924-1926.

At the moment, there are still number of countries which don’t have leadership position for women in their governments due to the slow country development. It was the end of 20th century that female ministers are common to the world.

First female Prime Minister and President

Sirivamo Bandaranaike became the world’s first female member of government of Sri Lanka in 1960. In 1974, Isable Peron became the first woman President of Argentina, with one woman been involved in Acting Head of Government and two women were Acting Heads of State before that.

Current Women heads of state and government Positions

Currently, there are 193 members of United Nations, two independent states outside, 29 women leaders in 29 different countries or in their self-ruling territories. There are reigning Queens in Denmark, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom of the monarchies in these three countries. Antigua and Barbuda, Australia and Saint Lucia are represented by women of Governor Generals as their de-facto Heads of State.

Female Presidents and Woman Prime Ministers

Women in leadership exists in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Finland, India , Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Lithuania, San Marino and Switzerland where there are 11 female presidents respectively.

As of year end 2011, there are 12 woman in leadership position include Prime Ministers including Australia, Bangladesh, Croatia, Germany, Iceland, Mali, Slovakia, Thailand, and Trinidad and Tobago. Self-governing territories of Bermuda, Sint Maartin and the Aland Islands also have woman prime minister.

This shows that women can help themselves to have confidence in finding their leadership  position in this century, although till this very moment world is treating women in an irrespective gender behind men.

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